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Lenape Indians

Here is some extra information about the Lenape Indians I've found online that might help with our Lenape Indian project.

                   The Lenape Tribe

        How do you pronounce "Lenape?" What does it mean?
        It's pronounced "Leh-NAH-pay" and it means "the people." 
        Sometimes you will see this name spelled Lenápe or Lenapi instead.
        The tribe is also known as the Lenni Lenape ("true people") 
        or the Delaware Indians.

Where do the Lenni Lenape Indians live?
The Lenni Lenape were original people of the mid-Atlantic area. Most Lenape Indians were driven out of their homeland by the British. The Americans eventually relocated them to Oklahoma, where the modern Delaware Indian tribes are located today. Other Lenape people joined the Nanticoke or Munsee Delawares. There are also some small Lenne Lenape communities remaining in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  

How did Lenni Lenape children live?
In the past, Indian kids had more chores and less time to play, just like early colonial children. But Lenape kids did have dolls and toys such as miniature bows and arrows. Lenape games for teenagers and adults included lacrosse, which was played only by boys and men, and a kicking football game, which both genders played together. Leni Lenape mothers traditionally carried their babies in cradleboards on their backs.

What were men and women's roles in the Lenni Lenape tribe?

Lenape men were hunters and sometimes went to war to protect their families. Lenape women were farmers and also did most of the child care and cooking. Both genders took part in storytelling, artwork and music, and traditional medicine.

What were Lenni Lenape homes like?
The Lenni Lenapes didn't live in tepees. They lived in villages of round houses called wigwams. Some Lenape Indians preferred Iroquoian-style longhouses to wigwams, because more family members could live in a longhouse.Each Lenni Lenape village usually included a rectangular council house and a sweat lodge, and some villages were palisaded (surrounded with log walls for protection). 


What was Lenni Lenape clothing like? 
Lenape women wore knee-length skirts. Lenape men wore breechcloths and leggings. Shirts were not necessary in the Lenape culture, but the Lenapes did wear deerskin mantles when the weather was cool. Both genders wore earrings and deerskin moccasins on their feet. In colonial times, the Lenapes adapted European costume such as cloth blouses and jackets, decorating them with fancy beadwork.

The Lenni Lenapes painted their faces with different colors and designs for different occasions, and Lenape men often wore tattoos in animal designs. Lenape women wore their hair in long braids. Lenape men, especially warriors, often wore a Mohawk hairstyle or shaved their heads completely except for a scalplock in the middle. 

What was Lenni Lenape transportation like?
The Lenni Lenape tribe used bark and dugout canoes to travel on the Delaware River and the East Coast. 

What was Lenni Lenape food like?
The Delaware Indians were farming people. Lenape women did most of the farming, harvesting corn, squash and beans. Lenape men went hunting for deer, elk, turkeys, and small game, and caught fish in the rivers and inlets. Delaware Indian foods included soup, cornbread, dumplings and salads. 

What are Lenni Lenape arts and crafts like?
The Lenape tribe is known for their bead work and basketry products. Like other eastern American Indians, the Leni Lenape also crafted wampum out of white and purple shell beads. Wampum beads were traded as a kind of currency, but they were more culturally important as an art material. The designs and pictures on wampum belts often told a story or represented a person's family.